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Our contributors will be continually updating posts to offer commentary, insight, advice, and expert opinions on horse racing and wagering. The goal is to help you win more and become a better all around horse player.

Three horses of interest in 30X Thursday at Fair Grounds James Scully |

TwinSpires is offering players the chance to earn 30 points for every $1 wagered in the 30X Thursdays at Fair Grounds promotion. Be sure to “Opt In” by selecting the banner at the “contests & promotions” page at and players who cash $10 or more in gross winnings will qualify. I...

February Features Launch At Freehold, Meadowlands And Miami Valley Pick 3 Frank Cotolo |

February 2017. It’s still the lonesome winter for stakes. So, we continue with personal harness-race features from at tracks carried by TwinSpires. Contenders not necessarily endorsed by the public or the public handicappers, promise hefty prices against the meager returns from most predictors...

Classic Empire headlines busy Kentucky Derby prep day Jennifer Caldwell |

A big day of Kentucky Derby prep races is set for Saturday thanks to three different points events on tap at Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park. Each race is worth 10-4-2-1 to the respective top four finishers toward a starting berth in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs...

Arrogate Head and Shoulders the Best John Mucciolo |

The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park didn’t deliver the dramatic showdown many expect between California Chrome and ARROGATE, as the former finished off-the-board to conclude his sensational career with a subpar showing, but take nothing away from the winner. The...

Dubai Carnival beads: High five for Godolphin, 200 for bin Suroor Kellie Reilly |

Team Godolphin dominated last Thursday’s Dubai World Cup Carnival program, sweeping five of six Thoroughbred races. Even better, the results consisted of a Group 2 double of historic import, a classic trial, and handicap performances that actually pointed to the future. The spoils were fairly...

A closer look at Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds Vance Hanson |

Not exactly bowled over by what they'd seen from others in the two months since the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pool, bettors firmed up their support of Classic Empire, Mastery, and McCraken as the leading individual candidates for the 2017 Derby in last weekend's second Future Wager...

Arsenault wins 2017 National Handicapping Championship (NHC) |

Edited Press Release Ray Arsenault of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, near Toronto, entered the Final Table as the leader and widened his advantage throughout the afternoon to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend’s 18th annual Daily...

Arrogate in the ascendant, and a Pegasus counterfactual for California Chrome Kellie Reilly |

Arrogate came to hand too late to attempt Triple Crown glory, but the ultra-talented colt completed another kind of magnificent treble in Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1). The only horse in history to turn the Travers (G1)/Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) double, Arrogate further enhanced...



Derek Simon TwinSpires' horse racing author, handicapper, and podcast host, Derek Simon of Denver, Colo. offers his insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial take on the horse racing industry. He even publishes the ROI on the picks he gives out.
Frank Cotolo TwinSpires' harness racing expert, Frank Cotolo follows all of the big North American circuits throughout the year, providing the best value picks and latest news from the sulky.
Ed DeRosa The Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper, Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times.
Peter Thomas Fornat A writer and editor who has been following horse racing for fifteen years. Peter has written books for the Daily Racing Form Press; Crown; and Simon and Schuster; among other publishers, and regular features in The Horseplayer Magazine.
Jill Byrne A television racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Jill has earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing.